Bushfield's blooming success
Residents at one of our retirement living developments have earned national recognition for their gardening creativity by the judges of the Heart of England in Bloom competition.
Bushfield Court in Bilston is to receive an It’s Your Neighbourhood National Certificate of Distinction, the community improvement category of the RHS Britain in Bloom Campaign.
It’s Your Neighbourhood aims to bring the community together to make a positive change to where people live, work or spend their leisure time.
Participants are assessed by a visiting team of judges on their community involvement, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.
Marie Barley, Bushfield’s wellbeing advisor, said: “This time last year we had a neglected sensory garden and an unloved patio and our residents and staff desperately wanted a garden to enjoy and for everyone to play a part in creating it.
“Bill, one of residents and chief gardener, set about sowing the seeds and advised us on what needed to be done. It’s been a wonderful communal project with wooden benches being revamped, planters given a new lease of life and lawns reseeded. Diane, another resident, created a stunning wildlife themed garden with pond and solar pump, whilst the knitting group made bees, butterflies, flowers and stuffed characters including scarecrows.
“We also linked with Loxsdale Primary School and the children created a tableau for our garden made from bottle tops to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our seas free from plastic.”
Head gardener Bill added: “This project really has been a great incentive and got everyone interested. It’s kept me alive!”
Scheme manager Sarah Bromley said: “It was lovely to see our residents working together to transform our garden into a place where people want to be and can enjoy. It’s created a very special community here.”
The garden was entered into the recent Bilston in Bloom competition and when the judges visited Bushfield Court in Oxford Street they nominated it for the It’s Your Neighbourhood certificate.
Last week Bilston in Bloom overall picked up a bronze medal in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition and were just four points away from achieving silver.
The judges praised Bushfield Court for its “posters and fun displays to create a colourful and inviting garden,” its sustainable planting and the “excellent” involvement of the community including volunteers and projects with Loxdale Primary School.